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Sunday, July 16, 2017
US support for Zionist Apartheid Must Stop
by Richard Mellor
Afscme Local 444, retired
As I watched this movie, I think about Apartheid South Africa. This is the Zionist's dream, Israeli Apartheid. Whenever one watches movies about the racism and inhuman treatment of Palestinians, one should consider that much of the money for this venture comes from the US. It comes from individuals who invest in this project, what amounts to a European colonial settler state. Notice how many Israeli's have US, British or South African accents. Both left and right wing US Zionists are supporters, people like Michael Bloomberg and Jared Kushner, Trump's son in law who invests in the settlements. The US taxpayer contributes billions of dollars as Israel is an important foothold in the region for US imperialism and the continued looting of the region's natural resources. One only has to think about the fact that the two most important allies and proxies of US imperialism in the region are two of the most ruthlessly efficient barbaric states, Israel and Saudi Arabia.
The settlers that are the front line of the land grab are generally the most right wing religious zealots whose theft of the land rests in the absurd claim that god gave it to them. The basis for this Apartheid are sections of obscure tracts written eons ago and translated many times by the scribes of various ruling classes, written by people who believed the earth to be flat no doubt.
In Genesis 14 the unknown author records that this supernatural being that created the earth and the cosmos said to Abram (later to become Abraham by god's will), "Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward, for all the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever." and shortly after, again, "To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great , the river Euphrates".
The proof that this god said this is shown by the fact that the author put the words within quotation marks. He heard god say it. It's there for all to read. It had to be a "he", it's in the rules.
I am not sure those of us living in the United States whose ancestors came as recent immigrants, would apply this logic were the indigenous population to demand we leave out homes for the same reason. Fortunately for us, the Native Americans do not have the political, economic or military power to execute such a plan.
Jews have always lived in this part of the world and those Jewish communities, Arab, Mizrahi, Sephardic have every right to be there. The ruling class in Israel is dominated by European Jews, they have no real cultural connection to the Middle East other than as settlers. Arab and African Jews are discriminated against as well. More on this here. The present state and its polices is a colonial settler venture aimed at driving the indigenous non Jewish population from the region. Some co-workers used to say to me that Jews and Muslims have been at each others throats for centuries, fighting for eons. They soak up the pro-zionist US state department propaganda. Jews and Muslims have lived in this region for centuries in relative harmony when compared to Europe. It was Christian Europe that massacred the Jewish people, that sent them by the millions to their deaths in gas chambers, not Palestinian Muslims.
In my personal view I do not see any solution to this situation on the basis of capitalism, no more than Northern Ireland, or any of the catastrophic crises that are engulfing humanity. Those Jews that think their cultural and religious traditions are best protected by this Apartheid regime are mistaken. The Christian Zionists in the US and around the world have no time for Jews. Those that visit Israel believe that their god is coming and those Jews that don't submit to that god will rot in hell, not a healthy relationship by any means. And relying on the US ruling class, overwhelmingly gentile and anti-Semitic, after all, Jews are their competitors, is a tenuous relationship at least.
Threatened by a movement of the US working class in response to the continued attacks on our material existence, the US bourgeois would whip up anti-Semitism in a minute. Jews are a small percentage of the US population, relying on the Gentile bourgeois could end up a very costly mistake.
Zionism has meant a tragedy for the Palestinian people, but also for Jews. It is a black mark on centuries of revolutionary Jewish history.
I came across this video from the US Jewish website Mondoweiss. It was contained in the story: Young survivors of Gaza beach slaughter three years ago ‘lost their minds’
See: The US and Israel: ‘An integrated political system’